Black Comic Book Festival kicks off in Harlem

Posted: Updated:
HARLEM -

The Black Comic Book Festival kicked off Friday at the Schomburg Center in Harlem, which played host to comic book artists from around the country. 

Writer and Brooklyn-native Jamal Igle says the festival is unique. 

"When you look back at the history of comics, it's not really filled with a huge amount of diversity," said Igle. 

The festival gives artists of color a significant platform to show off their work. With the film release of "Black Panther" only a few weeks away, black comics are about to become a lot more mainstream. 

"It's very important for our culture because it's never ever been seen where little black children can go to a movie theater and see a whole movie full of black super heroes," said Maia Crown Williams, the founder of anime convention MechaCon.

Igle says the movie could create an opportunity for other African-American characters that already exist. 
 

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."